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“Bookended by dazzling imagery of vast Chinese shipyards and factories, the three-hour-long We the Workers is a detailed, intimate and at times terrifying record of labor activists’ risky campaigns against unscrupulous employers, their menacing minders, and indifferent—or downright...

Director Zhao Liang presents an astounding picture of how the mining, steel, and housing industries have shaped the landscape in Inner Mongolia and changed the lives of people who live and work there. Called “a feat of pictorial storytelling,” the only lines in the film are powerful monologues...

An inspiring, thought-provoking film about the transformative potential of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Using talking-head shots the filmmaker focuses on four individuals, from Chile, China, East Germany and Japan and intersperses these interviews with photos and, at times shocking, footage,...

A popular, entertaining 15-episode web drama following the lives of four male high school students in Beijing and a romance that develops among them. Made on a low budget and starring a cast of actors who are not well-known. Originally intended to stream in its entirety on Chinese websites, it...

This remixed music video presents the contents of a three-minute speech by Hong Kong citizen Kwan Wing Yee on the occasion of a LegCo public hearing on the topic of Universal Retirement Protection, in an updated version of 2004 Cantonese hip-hop song , “This Land of Hong Kong” (“香港地...

"Making the most of her experience as a journalist and her training in sociology, Leta Hong Fincher draws on previous breakthrough works in Chinese gender studies and her own interviews, while proving equally at home summarizing statistics and telling poignant tales of individual experience. The...

“This show is far clearer and more gripping than its original incarnation and something of a triumph. It brings many of Mr. Ai’s past efforts into focus as the juvenilia they often were, while making a persuasive case for his ability periodically to reconcile art and ideals and life—which in his...

“The new documentary 'Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case' . . . shows how Ai attempts to live his life—and yet still share his voice—while under house arrest [following his 81-day detention in 2011] and constant monitoring. Whereas Alison Klayman’s first film [“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”] provided a broad...

High Tech, Low Life follows two of China’s most prominent citizen journalists as they go about reporting issues the mainstream media can’t touch.

This beautiful and insightful documentary tells the story of Tiger Temple, 57, a...

In this thought-provoking essay, Li Jie, the well-known U.S.-based scholar of contemporary Chinese culture, argues that the power of a nation must be backed by its culture, and that a nation cannot project its power without a cultural foundation. He says that this is the case with China today,...


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